Business interests look to primaries as Democrats surge

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PHOENIX (AP) — With Democrats eyeing November pickups they hope will give them control of at least one chamber of the Arizona Legislature for the first time in decades, business interests that usually back Republicans are pumping cash into their Tuesday primaries.The hundreds of thousands of dollars spent in heavily Democratic state House districts, some of it of murky provenance, reflects the unusual stakes for a party long relegated to the sidelines at the state Capitol. It has spooked progressives who worry the business-backed Democrats would stymie their priorities or work closely with Republicans. ADVERTISEMENT“This would just completely undermine 10 years of work if we go into our first Democratic majority in a generation with conservative Democrats in charge,” said Randy Perez, democracy director for Living United for Change in Arizona, a progressive Latino advocacy organization better known as LUCHA.Republicans have narrow majorities in the Legislature. A net swing of two seats in the House or three in the Senate would give Democrats control of a legislative chamber for the first time since the 1990 election. Controlling a chamber would allow Democrats to block Republican legislation and negotiate a budget with Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.House Democratic leaders currently come …

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